Kyle's Republic
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Told no investigation had ever found evidence to link Saddam and 9/11, Hayes
responded, "I'm sorry, but you must have looked in the wrong places."

That's Rep. Robin Hayes (R, of course), as quoted by Joe Gandelman on The Moderate Voice.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Useful information

According to an internal analysis by Paramount, each DVD, which retails for
about $15 wholesale, costs the company only $4.10 to manufacture, distribute,
and market. Another 45 cents goes for residuals payments to the guilds, unions,
and pension plans, leaving the studio with slightly over $10.

That's according to Edward Jay Epstein in Slate. The piece details Tom Cruise's extraordinary deal-making as regards the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Cheney as klutz

My father and I were just discussing Cheney's tendency to put his foot in it. Now the Los Angeles Times (via Kevin Drum) says:

. . . last month Vice President Dick Cheney broke from the administration's "message discipline" and declared that the insurgency was in its "last throes." The White House has been paying a price ever since

The line for the non-Cheney part of the administration is and has been that the insurgency will certainly lose one day, at some time, but not necessarily any time soon. This line has the advantage of not seeming like blue-sky fantasy. The non-Cheney elements apparently wish he had stuck to it.

Even Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld distanced himself from the vice
president's words. "I didn't use them, and I might not use them," he told the
Senate Armed Services Committee last week. Rumsfeld said the insurgency could
conceivably "go on for four, eight, 10, 12, 15 years, whatever."

Yeah . . . "whatever."

A spokesman for the vice president was big enough to allow that political game-players will always jump all over harmless statements about policy and so forth. The spokesman and I believe that in a fair-minded world this would settle the matter.

But other administration officials and Republican elders, who spoke
anonymously because they feared retribution from the White House, said the vice
president had blundered.

"This is like the aircraft carrier," said former Ronald Reagan aide Michael
K. Deaver, referring to Bush's announcement of victory in Iraq from the deck of
the Abraham Lincoln in 2003. "It simply has given an extended talking point to
those people who are opposed to the war and want to make the administration look

Unfairness has even spread out to the American public. The article continues:

Several recent polls have found that a majority of Americans now believe
that the United States made a mistake in going to war in Iraq, and increasing
numbers — but not a majority — said they want U.S. troops to be withdrawn

"What's interesting in this decline in support for the war is that it has
sprung from the public itself," said pollster Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research
Center. "It wasn't led by politicians or by an antiwar movement. It started back
in May, when the focus in Washington was on other issues."

"Back in May" would be last month, so I should remember what Washignton was focusing on. Yet I don't. I do recall The Note saying jauntily that the violence in Iraq was one of the burning issues of the day but would never receive proper news coverage because citizens didn't really care about it. Sometimes I think The Note doesn't know what it's talking about.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Right behind the troops

Via Atrios, a Knight Ridder scoop: teen Republicans like the war, don't like enlisting so much. "We don't have to be there physically to fight it," says Tiffanee Hokel, 18. Which reminds me of a joke from Andy Warhol's diaries. He knew some young heiress who was determined to make it in the world and struggle to the top of publishing, fashion, or whatever. But, as he put it, she figured she would stay at her parents' 5th Avenue duplex and struggle from there.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
The best bad regime in the world

Judging by the conservatives in the Durbin flap, that's the status our country is now supposed to be shooting for.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Heartland voices

"The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just
making it up as they go along."

That's Sen. Charles Hagel, R-Neb. The topic is how the war's going in Iraq (US News and World Report via Atrios). And yet you could apply the statement to such much else.

The US News article also says that in the House the guy who gave us Freedom Fries is now sponsoring a bill for "a troop withdrawal plan to be drawn up by year's end."

And: "Only 41 percent of Americans now support Bush's handling of the Iraq war, the lowest mark ever in the Associated Press-Ipsos poll."
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Cleaning the floor

Right, the classic Shatnerism. Like, he'll say the first two words of a sentence
and then there's an incredibly long pause and then he'll say the rest of the
sentence, all in a really big blur. It's as if he read the script and realism
was just not his main interest. It's about taking the script and performing it in an almost musical way, regrouping and changing the rhythm of it, pushing it far beyond where it was meant to go. I find it's very much the way that I feel my mind works.

That's Greg Saunder, the drummer for an indie rock band called Deerhoof that's from San Francisco. The Mirror, a Montreal alternative weekly, published the interview almost a month ago and I wanted to preserve the Shatner analysis.

Just moments earlier Saunders had been telling the interviewer what a joke Shatner was. (He reported a late-night TV sighting of Shatner doing an ad for a local personal-injury lawyer."You could tell it wasn't supposed to be funny, but it was just hilarious.") Then out poured his analysis, which became a tribute. "People laugh at him because he's overperforming, but that's what I like about it, the exaggeration of it, or that sense of trying to wrench every drop of intensity out of every line." Hipsters are a mystery.

At any rate, the clipping was lying around on my apartment's floor for weeks, and posting this was the only way I could get on with my cleaning.
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